"Tree by the River" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Mary Anne, do you remember
The tree by the river
When we were seventeen?

Dark canyon wall, the call and the answer
And the mare in the pasture
Pitch black and baring its teeth.

I recall the sun in our faces,
Stuck and leaning on braces,
And being strangers to change.

Radio and the bones we found frozen,
And all the thorns and the roses
Beneath your window pane.

Now I'm asleep in a car, I mean the world?
To a potty-mouth girl,
A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds.

Time isn't kind or unkind, you liked to say.
But I wonder to who
What it is you're saying today.

Now I'm asleep in a car, I mean the world
To a potty-mouth girl,
A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds.

Time isn't kind or unkind, you liked to say.
But I wonder to who
What it is you're saying today.

Mary Anne, do you remember
The tree by the river
When we were seventeen?

Dark canyon road, I was coy in the half-moon
Happy just to be with you,
And you were happy for me.


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"Tree by the River" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentI noticed all of the old memories with MaryAnn are linked with nature - fast-forward to nowadays and he's "asleep in a car". I picture him sitting at a traffic light in front of a modern day strip mall corporate hell. Sounds pretty crummy, but, he "means the world to...." So - here's my take: he's saying back then, with MaryAnn, everything was natural and primitive and wonderful. Nowadays, its different, but there are wonderful aspects to the season of life he's going through. He seems to confirm this with the lyric "Time isn't kind or unkind, you used to say....." Sort of like, these were different times, each with aspects that were great, even though much different. His line in Biting Your Tail "May you worship the time and its passing...." is a similar theme...Sorry to run on and on - I just love this guy's lyrics so darn much...
    msantoon September 01, 2011   Link

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